The most important part of a college essay writing paper is the actual topic, so you need plenty of time to mull over the choices. You'll want something interesting, but not cliché¬ significant but not trite. Consider the following questions during your brainstorming process:
1. What distinguishes you from others in your age group? Any special skills, talents, interests or attributes?
2. Have you engaged yourself in a fierce struggle for something? Did you succeed or fail? What have you learned?
3. What are your most concrete goals for the future? Where do want to be in 20 years and how will you get there?
4. What or who has been influential in your life? How or why?
NARROW THE TOPIC
Though it's tempting to ramble through your whole life story in a college essay, be careful to keep your topic narrowed. Write one sentence (a thesis, in a sentence) that sums up the point of your entire essay, and make each paragraph support that one sentence. Try not to get too lofty with your concept; find the point and stick to it.
FINE-TUNE THE OPENING
The opening paragraph is your first (and sometimes only) chance to grab firmly the attention of admission officials, so don't create a lazy intro that simply sums up what you'll discuss. Be vivid, clear and original; try piquing their interest with an anecdote or poignant question. Give your intro an element of mystery and intrigue -- really make the reader want to read more. This could be the most important paragraph in the essay, so devote plenty of time to crafting this well.